Catalonian main port stable at the top
Barcelona half year results consolidates its 2017 quantum leap
In fact the increase in container, motorways of the sea and liquid bulk trades is behind the Catalonian port's activity high in the first 6 months; the first half of 2018 has been the best ever in the port's history and consolidated the quantum leap made in 2017 when it became the fastest
growing European port.
In the first half of 2018 Barcelona handled 33.88 million ton of goods (+17.8% year on year); containers (+18%), liquid bulk (+17.3%) and motorways of the sea (+10.3%) drove the big effort. More specifically between January and June, container traffic exceeded 1.6 million TEUs; the biggest growth (+42%) was in transhipment containers while container exports rose by 7.5%
to 366,000 TEUs and imports increased by 3.3%, standing at 285,474 TEUs.
The Iberian port registered 7.8 million tons of liquid bulk, thanks to a strong performance of products such as gasoline (+35%), natural gas (+9%) and biofuels (+63%).
In the ro-ro traffic Barcelona channelled 211,000 intermodal transport units (UTI), including goods
transported to the Balearic and Canary Islands (+3%) and freight travelling on the motorways of the
sea which grew by 10.6%.
Vehicle traffic has bounced back after last year's downward trend; 458,000 cars (+5%) travelled mainly for export and import.
Rail traffic also grew significantly; 125,000 TEUs arrived or left by train (+10% year on year), to put the rail container share at 13%, while 143,000 cars were transported by rail (+10.6%), for a rail share of 35%.
Barcelona received 1.78 million ferry and cruise passengers (+13%), but while ferry trade was stable, cruise passengers went up by 20%, although the largest increase was in home-port passengers (+29%).
In the first half 2018 the Port of Barcelona recorded a net turnover of € 86.6 million (+7.3%). Net profit was € 27.6 million (+26.6%) and operating cash flow was € 49.8 million (+11.7%) and this enabled to significantly reduce part of the long-term debt it has with the EIB; having now paid back € 22.8 million, the Port of Barcelona debt stands at € 281.1 million.